Wellington College

Berkshire

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  • Category: Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 640 (Boys) 400 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 13 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1853

General Information

Wellington College is one of the outstanding all-round co-educational schools in Britain for boarding and day pupils. The College’s ethos is education of the whole child, engendering confidence, skills, an international outlook and the right attitudes to work, service and society that will set them apart as adults and help them succeed in their careers. The College’s experienced, high-quality teaching and pastoral staff are there to help each pupil be happy and fulfilled and achieve the very best for themselves in their academic work, in the Arts and in sport.

Facilities

Chapel, concert room, Music School, Shabby Road Recording Studio, Music Library, concert hall, wind and brass centre. First class drama and arts facilities, including a theatre. All pupils are encouraged to participate in sports wherever they have an interest. Canoeing, basketball, fencing, polo and golf add to the range and allow the College to offer a breadth of sporting interest beyond the traditional games of rugby, cricket, hockey, football, rackets and athletics. Wellington has its own modern 9-hole golf course. There is a modern sports centre, two Astroturf pitches and a rackets court. Many trips and excursions are undertaken, both at home and abroad.

Entrance Requirements

Scholarships, Common Entrance Examination or by special examination

Scholarships

Many scholarships available, please contact the Admissions Office for full details.

Open Days

2018. Sat. 17th November.

2019. Sat. 19th January, Sat. 2nd March, Sat. 27th April and Sat. 8th June.

Please visit our website to register or contact the Admissions Office for details.

Fees

2018/2019. Boarding Fees: £13,250 per term. Day Fees (in boarding house): £11,120 per term. Day Fees: £9,680 per term.

Reports

ISI Inspection 2014

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr J P Thomas, BSc Hons, MBA, FRSA

Contact for enquiries: Mr E B R Venables, Director of Admissions

Wellington College
Duke's Ride
Crowthorne
Berkshire
RG45 7PU

[t]: 01344 444 013
[w]: www.wellingtoncollege.org.uk

Location Description

An attractive 400 acre woodland estate in Crowthorne.

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Wellington College has been recognised as a global leader in successful integration of technology with teaching and learning.

Wellington was selected by Microsoft as a 2018-2019

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Microsoft Showcase School and joins an exclusive community from around the world, recognised and celebrated for educational transformation, which includes vision and innovation in teaching, learning and assessment; computational and critical thinking; creativity and collaboration; and a willingness to promote a growth mindset among educators and students. “Being selected as a Microsoft Showcase School is a fantastic recognition for all the work that staff and students have put in to embedding digital learning at Wellington”, said Dr Jules O’Loughlin, Director of Digital Learning at Wellington. “We look forward to sharing our experiences with other schools in the Wellington Family and the wider community to continue to find innovative ways to equip our students with the proper tools needed for success inside and outside of the classroom.” As a Showcase School, Wellington will work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education transformation through our commitment to host and mentor other schools in the local community and around the globe. “Microsoft Showcase Schools are shining examples of those applying purpose-driven innovation in a variety of ways to build connection, motivate students and to create community in and out of school,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “These schools are truly transforming learning and providing more personalised education to students, empowering them to achieve more.” Showcase Schools will realise many benefits, including the ability to communicate directly with one another, participation in an exclusive online global community, and the opportunity to host and attend both online and in person educational thought leader events.

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The UK Youth Parliament is made up of around 300 young people from across the country and Wellington College is fortunate to have one of

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its most proactive members among its student body.

Khadeejah Hullemuth is fast-becoming the voice of Youth Politics. She recently delivered the First News Children’s Charter for Brexit to Downing Street and, last week, she was back in Westminster to interview Jeremy Corbyn. Khadeejah questioned the Labour Leader on a range of issues, from the likelihood of him becoming Prime Minister, to lowering the voting age to 16. Khadeejah’s political CV speaks for itself: as a Youth Councillor, she ran an anti-bullying campaign involving all the schools in her borough; as a member of the Surrey Youth Cabinet, she worked closely with the County Council Cabinet, before stepping up to the Youth Parliament; after two years as an MYP, she took on a new role as part of the procedures group which oversees the South-East of England, a role which, as Khadeejah admits, comes with considerable responsibility: ‘I am in charge of all those boroughs, all of their Youth Councils, all the youth work that goes on there.’ Speaking about her route into Youth Politics, Khadeejah commented, ‘Initially for me it wasn’t so much about Politics, it was more about making a change and making a difference, and so I got involved in local Youth Council and, from there, I heard about the Surrey Cabinet, and then the Youth Parliament and through separate opportunities, met amazing people and realised that, actually, politics is quite cool.’ ‘For me, it’s also about representation, because Muslim women tend to be a group that isn’t so represented: this is an issue quite close to me and representation is so important. I try to consider other people that perhaps aren’t so well represented – so, young carers, and people who live independently at 16 because they are homeless or don’t live with their parents – I try and get them involved.’ What’s next for Khadeejah? She is working with First News to set up a junior Prime Minister’s Questions – a new system whereby young people can submit questions to the PM every fortnight. When asked how she manages to juggle school work with the demands of being an MYP, Khadeejah commented, ‘It’s all down to organisation and knowing what you’re doing.’ With such clarity, and such energy, there is no doubt that she will go far in the world of politics, if that is the path she chooses to take.

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It was standing room only in Great School on Monday 12 November, as Wellington welcomed Johnson Beharry VC for the Wellington College Peace and Conflict

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Institute’s Remembrance lecture.

Johnson Beharry started by saying, ‘I’m going to tell you my life story’, and for the next 45 minutes, that’s what he did, holding his audience in rapt attention by sharing his experiences of soldiering with the Princess of Wales’s Regiment in places whose names most of us have only heard on the news: Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Iraq. Iraq is where he won the Victoria Cross, in 2004; his Citation states that he ‘carried out two individual acts of great heroism by which he saved the lives of his comrades. Both were in direct face of the enemy, under intense fire, at great personal risk to himself’. Although he prefaced the account of his time in Iraq by saying that he couldn’t remember much about it because of head injuries sustained during his action, which left him in a coma and ended his tour of duty, he brought the story alive with details such as opening the armoured hatch cover of his Warrior tank – ‘about the size of a lap-top lid’ – to see where he was going after his periscope turret was destroyed, and having it snatched out of his hand by an incoming rocket-propelled grenade. Johnson also spoke frankly and movingly about the high physical and emotional cost of his service. As well as the physical difficulties of a serious head injury, he also suffered from PTSD, but it was clear he considered that to be all part of the job. When one of his awestruck audience asked what he thought had made him act so bravely under such terrifying conditions, he said it was ‘just the right thing to do’. Johnson Beharry is one of only 15 men who have been awarded the Victoria Cross since the end of World War Two; it was a tremendous privilege to hear him speak and nobody who heard his story was left in any doubt as to why the VC is so rare, and so prized.

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Students from Wellington College have been working with volunteers from the Vineyard Church in Crowthorne to transform a plot of land into a safe space

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for children.

The GrowBabyGrow project will allow parents to work on the adjacent allotments, providing food for themselves and nourishment for the whole community. The experience has been transformative for all involved. Blake, a Fifth Form student who helped with the physical work of levelling the ground, commented, ‘I have enjoyed the manual labour because, by using my own energy, I have helped to change someone’s life. It is not like signing a form or sending money. By putting the effort in, I feel that I’ve been the person making the change’. Netty Field, a volunteer from the Vineyard Church, who has overseen the project, spoke about the impact the Wellington students have had: ‘I feel it’s really captured their hearts – they have really listened to the needs of some of the local families and have gone away and thought about it. Michaela, one of the family members involved, has a phrase, ‘Less talk, more dig’, and the Wellington students have definitely done that: they have just got on, they have dug over the ground; they have cut up the thorns; they have upcycled the clothes; they have planned, and encouraged, and they have given the different gifts that they possess, using all their skills and resources, and coming together as community to help families that are in desperate need on their doorstep. This project will transform lives’. The students involved in the GrowBabyGrow project were divided into four groups. While some worked to level the ground or to remove thorns and debris, others up-cycled clothes to create rugs and canopies for babies. Meanwhile, a Media team, recorded the process. Here is their story, in their own words: ‘A Safer and More Inclusive Space for All’ – the GrowBabyGrow Project, told by the Wellington Media Team.

The GrowBabyGrow Project was an offshoot of the Vineyard Church charity’s GrowBaby Project, which began in March 2012 and aims to help families in need with baby supplies, such as clothes or nappies. The actual GrowBabyGrow project is in its second year, with one plot having already been completed and the other for us to help with, and was inspired by the BBC documentary ‘Sister Rita to the Rescue’ (about a nun who ran a foodbank and provided ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ by showing people how to grow their own food). An example of who is benefitting from this project is a young girl called Isla, whose father was killed in a car accident, and who now comes to the allotment daily with her mother to relax and enjoy the outdoors. It also helps the parents educate their children about healthy produce and where it comes from. Our project space began as a derelict and overgrown plot of land which we aimed to convert into a safe and fun space in which young children can play whilst their parents work in the allotment. However, there was an issue regarding the safety of the area which we had to address: we knew that the allotment was very important to the local community as a place of leisure, and in which to learn new skills: gardening and growing vegetables to sustain a healthy diet. One of the pastors at the Vineyard Church described how much such an experience can ‘improve confidence and wellbeing’. We therefore had to make sure their children were visible and secure so that the adults didn’t have to worry about them and could instead make the most of their time working on the allotment. We initially split into four groups: Muscles & Maths, Media, Design & Layout, and Decoration. Each of these groups contributed towards different areas of the project and, over the course of the seven weeks, many improvements to the area have been made. The first week consisted of planning our future amendments to the area, which were overseen by the Design & Layout team, following a visit to the site, where we met the Vineyard Church team and gathered their ideas about transforming the allotment. Weeks two and three consisted of preliminary clearing of the site by moving rubbish and excess debris from the area, carried out by the Muscles & Maths group. Meanwhile, the Media team interviewed the key leadership figures of the Vineyard Church and put together Twitter feeds for Wellington to raise awareness for our project. By weeks four and five, we had sourced the materials to start making the path and improved the fencing, whilst the Decoration team used the new materials to create a safe and colourful shelter for the children. The last two weeks of the project were dedicated to making final touches to the work done so far, ensuring that the initial aims of safety and the needs of the allotment users were met. In future, Vineyard Church have applied for funds for a winter shelter, so they can continue growing throughout the winter months.

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198 Wellington College students sign up to the stem cell register.

Every year, around 2000 people in the UK need a stem cell transplant; earlier this

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month, 198 Sixth Formers at Wellington College took part in a major act of service by adding their names to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register. When Martin Burke, from the Anthony Nolan Trust, spoke to the Sixth Form ahead of the registration, he spoke about heroism: ‘15 Wellingtonians have been awarded the Victoria Cross’, he noted, something that told him a lot ‘about the ethos of the College’. Mr Burke went on to talk about the importance of stem cell donation in saving the lives of people with serious forms of blood cancer. 100 lives have been saved since the Anthony Nolan programme began, with six donors coming from one school – statistics that underlined the point that ‘numbers matter’. The overwhelming response from the Wellington students owes a lot to the drive and determination of Guy Williams, Head of Sixth Form. Mr Williams encouraged students to ‘support each another, congratulate each other, and buy into this as a group’, and that is exactly what they did: 198 names have been added to the register, increasing the chances of a match being found, increasing the likelihood of a life being saved. During a week in which we celebrated acts of kindness and welcomed Johnson Beharry VC for the WCPCI’s Remembrance Lecture, the actions of our Sixth Formers demonstrate the importance of our College values, particularly the values of Courage and Kindness. As Julian Thomas commented in The Master’s Voice, ‘perhaps the real impact is felt when courage and kindness combine’.

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On Thursday 11th October, Wellington College welcomed Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi, Rwandan High Commissioner, for the inaugural address of the Wellington College Peace and Conflict

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Institute’s guest lecture series.

‘A diamond is just a piece of charcoal that handles stress extraordinarily well’. On Thursday 11th October, Wellington College welcomed Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi to Great School for the inaugural address of the Wellington College Peace and Conflict Institute’s guest lecture series. Her Excellency took the stage to the tune of ‘My Rwanda’, by Urban Boyz, the adopted theme tune of WCPCI’s trip in February, Wellington students, parents and staff came to hear Her Excellency speak about how Rwanda rose from the ashes of the 1994 genocide to become one of the most dynamic and healthy growing economies in Africa, and a ‘net exporter of peace’. Using the metaphor of a ‘piece of charcoal that handles stress extraordinarily well’, Her Excellency and gave a compelling account of Rwanda’s incredible turnaround over the past 24 years and explained how this was achieved through home grown solutions in three areas: the formal encouragement of healing and reconciliation between survivors and the ‘genocidaires’ who were often their neighbours through the Gacaca court system; the establishment of a sense of nationwide community through such initiatives as a national monthly ‘litter-pick’; and a road-map towards self-sufficiency through weaning the populace off international aid using such schemes as a country-wide livestock provision programme supported by government funded veterinary services. The lecture concluded with a powerful indictment of the colonial ‘divide and rule’ strategies of the past that contributed to Rwanda’s tragedy. Her Excellency offered a challenge to the adults in the audience with her observation that peace education should be formal and widespread, while her message to the students was to tell them they can not only learn from the mistakes of their forebears, they also have the technological means to both reach out to and look out for each other across geographical, cultural and national boundaries. The proceedings concluded with a lively round of questions and an invitation to a group of Wellingtonians to visit the Rwandan High Commission in London to continue the conversation.

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Golf is enjoying something of a resurgence at Wellington with the first half of the Michaelmas Term bringing a string of successes for the Wellington

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Golf team.

Numbers are healthy, morale is high and, thanks to the excellent work of the green-keepers, the 9-hole course has never looked better. The first half of Michaelmas Term has brought a string of successes for the Wellington Golf team. A total of 12 matches have been played, with golfers from all year groups showing impressive levels of commitment. In early September, Wellington won the West Sussex Schools Invitational, beating 12 other schools. Later that month, the team travelled to Royal St George’s for the ISGA Alexander Quinn International. Captain, Jack Carling, who was leading the individual competition with one round to go, led the team to 5th place overall. James Clarke, Master in Charge of Golf at Wellington, has been delighted by the enthusiasm and dedication he has seen from the students this term. He commented, ‘We have a dozen elite golfers with handicaps of six and below, a very active junior and development squad of mid-teen handicap golfers, and about 25 girls and boys coming to practise their technique three times a week, all showing great commitment’. Golf is going from strength to strength at Wellington. James Clarke is assisted by our two professional coaches, Jason Brant from East Berkshire Golf Club and David Rennie, former Head Professional at Wentworth, and this continues to be a formidable combination. In addition to the growing numbers, and the growing fixture list, Wellington now has the capability to run officially sanctioned tournaments at the Wellington Golf Club, allowing players to put in score cards that will contribute to their official English Golf Union handicap.

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The Edgbarrow Latin Project is a great example of the power of community collaboration.

Every Wednesday, a group of Wellington Classics students, accompanied by members of

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the Classics Department, head over to the local secondary school, Edgbarrow to teach Latin to students in Years 8 to 11. As the Edgbarrow students work towards a full GCSE in Latin, the Wellington students gain a different perspective on the classroom experience.

The project, now in its fifth year, was established by Dr Cromarty, along with Dr Johncock and Dr Ramsey from the Classics Department. It has gone from strength to strength ever since. What was once a teacher-led initiative has now expanded to include an enthusiastic group of Wellington students: 10 Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth students are now involved as classroom teaching assistants. There are currently four different year groups running, including a large Year 8 class being taught by an Edgbarrow teacher and aided by four Wellington students.

While previous participants were entered for the short course at the end of Year 10, this year will see the first cohort entered for the full GCSE Latin exam. They will sit their Latin papers along with their other subjects in June. As Dr Cromarty remarked, this is a ‘challenge for the students on only one hour a week over four years’.

The Edgbarrow students have more than risen to the challenge. ‘They are very enthusiastic’, one Sixth Former commented, ‘They are all on top of it and they seem excited about learning’. Another explained the benefits of having a shared interest: ‘Because it’s an after-school club, the Edgbarrow students all really want to be there. It is something we are taking as a subject because we want to do it as well, so there is a mutual enthusiasm there – both parties enjoy it’.

Wellington students are clear about the learning opportunities for all involved:

‘It’s been a really useful experience, a really beneficial one. It is great for us to go over the basics again, and then seeing them understand it is something that’s very nice to see. People always say that if you want to learn something you should teach it to others and this is literally doing that.’

‘When you’re the teacher you really have to be ready to answer all of their questions. It teaches you not to give up if the student is frustrated or if they can’t get something right. You have to motivate them and encourage them to try again. This gives us a useful perspective to take back and apply to our own work.’

The Edgbarrow Latin Project is part of Wellington’s Global Citizenship programme. Like many community initiatives, we are building reciprocal relationships that we hope will continue for a very long time.

Good luck to the Edgbarrow students sitting Latin exams in June.

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Wellington’s forward-thinking, outward-looking Wednesday afternoon programme has changed its name: ‘Global Citizenship’ is the name you will hear from now on.

The name captures the ambition,

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the scope and the positive aims of the programme we offer to students and, as ever, it encompasses a whole spectrum of strands. Wednesday afternoons will see students engaged in a range of extension, enrichment and community-based activities: Arts Award at Bronze and Silver level; Adventure, which encompasses a range of activities including climbing, rope work and expedition planning; Community Action, involving direct hands-on work with local community partners; Connected Curriculum, where senior students plan and execute a project to address community need on a local, national or international level, linked to an academic area; Enrichment, in which students are challenged to learn more about themselves through a wide range of physical and cultural experiences; and Sustainability, where students will undertake research-based projects to gain an accreditation upon successful completion of their investigations. CCF continues as it always has done with a dedicated and specific programme. Many of these activities also take place outside the Wednesday afternoon slot, but this is the time and place you are most likely to encounter them in action.

Rebecca Park, Head of Global Citizenship, commented: ‘The change of name reflects the refocusing on the skills and experiences the students develop during the Wednesday afternoon programme and the wide range of activities students encounter on their road to having a greater positive social impact and becoming the change makers of the future.’

 

Wellington College welcomed 98 external head boys and head girls from 45 schools (academies, state and independent) from all over the UK as well as

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Guernsey and France to the 13th Annual Heads of School Conference.

The morning comprised two keynotes: Leadership, delivered by Julian Thomas, Master of Wellington College, and the Power of Public Speaking by Jane Lunnon, Headmistress, Wimbledon High School.

In the afternoon, delegates were split into groups of 10 where they discussed ‘scenarios they would face as head of school’, ‘what their legacy is going to be’, as well as ‘their leadership vision’.  The day finished with a networking session over tea and cake, allowing students to share their leadership experiences.

The conference is run by our own Heads of College, supported by their deputies and College Prefects.  Once again, the Wellington College Prefects rose to the challenge and were excellent ambassadors on the day.   Over the years, we’ve been impressed by the levels of enthusiasm, resilience and gravitas displayed by all the attendees. They show an awareness of their responsibilities and a desire to make a difference in their schools.

One head boy commented: ‘As the voice of the school, we as head pupils have the ear of the Head and all the teachers, and what we say, and the way we say it, can really matter’.

No doubt the leadership skills these students are developing will stay with them for the rest of their lives. We look forward to seeing what they go on to achieve.

 

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DukeBox, the radio station of the Wellington family of schools, continues to extend its reach and influence.

With a new station about to open in Hangzhou,

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and the Master’s Voice now being shared via podcasts, DukeBox is fast becoming a key factor in uniting our community – on a local and global level. Listener figures reached 3,500 last academic year and the plan is to increase these, tenfold, by September 2019.

The story of DukeBox is a story of creative vision and ambition but, above all, it is a story of community collaboration. The Wellington Academy in Wiltshire and Wellington College in Berkshire share a station; there is now a student team in Wellington College Tianjin, which will forge close links with Wellington College Hangzhou. Later this year, work will be completed on the DukeBox station in Hangzhou, creating a new hub for DukeBox China.

Polly Gutteridge, Co-Founder of DukeBox Radio, in highlighting the importance of DukeBox to the Wellington Community, said: ‘DukeBox gives us the opportunity to unite our geographically disparate schools, and it offers a creative outlet for our students whatever their age and wherever their home’.

DukeBox currently broadcasts around 70 hours of original programming each week, plus a whole range of podcasts. The programming is innovative; the topics are wide-ranging. The Academy Remembrance Day service on 9th November will be covered live and presented by a Year 9 student; academic revision podcasts – ranging from ‘In Our Wellingtime’ for History to the light-hearted Chemistry Q&A – prove very popular each summer; pastoral talks for parents are recorded so that parents in our family of schools can listen to the same talks as parents at Wellington Crowthorne; and ‘Welly Music’ plays our student-produced music from singer-songwriters to the Symphony Orchestra.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department offers a global perspective: the Mandarin bilingual show goes out live from the College every Wednesday evening; ‘La Playlist’ plays music in French, Spanish, German, Italian and Chinese for an hour each evening; MFL FM (broadcasts and podcasts) cover everything from Scandinavian music (if you’ve never heard Abba’s Waterloo sung in Swedish this is your chance) to our Spanish festivals guide.

In short, DukeBox covers all the small things and the big things that happen within the Wellington Community. From large-scale events like the Jimmy Higham Fun Run, to the snippets that celebrate our College values between shows, DukeBox has it covered.

As the jingle goes: DukeBox is the voice of the Wellington Family.

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This annual event is held in memory of Jimmy Higham, a young Wellington teacher who lost his battle with cancer in 2010, aged just 26.

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All proceeds from the run will go to support the Jimmy Higham Bursary Fund, which supports talented sportsmen and sportswomen. In the words of the Master, Julian Thomas, this great tradition is ‘Wellington at its best: inclusive, enthusiastic and fun’.

From serious runners, to joggers, to dog-walkers in fancy-dress, the 5K and 10K races see participants weave their way through the grounds of the College, cheered on by beaming marshals and energised by a vibrant, colourful crowd.

Adele Brown, who organises the event in memory of her former colleague, commented: ‘The Jimmy Higham Run is growing each year and both Jimmy’s name and the Bursary Fund is still very much part of the Wellington community. The support from the pupils blows me away every year, especially now that this generation of pupils only knows Jimmy Higham by name’.

One thing’s for sure: this race got soul!

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On 22nd September, the Wellington Community held a career speed-networking event for all year groups, from the Third Form to the Upper Sixth. 90 students

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and 44 parents took part in an evening that was informative and inspiring in equal measure.

Representatives from a wide range of careers talked to students about the industries in which they work, passing on tips about how to get started as well as advice on careers in general. We welcomed a range of professionals, from CEOs, to experts in renewable energy, to board members of Karen Millen and Snow + Rock.

Ruth Fettes, from the Wellington Community team said, ‘We had an amazing group of talented individuals who had interesting careers and offered very valuable advice. The feedback from parents was that they found our students to be incredibly engaging and very well prepared. One student arrived with a PowerPoint presentation about why he wanted to pursue his chosen career; others went out of their comfort zones and explored options they had not previously considered’.

This latest initiative from the Wellington Community follows last year’s Entrepreneurs’ Exchange, which brought members of the College’s entrepreneurship society together with parents to share ideas and expertise in a way that was genuinely reciprocal.

Both events form part of Julian Thomas’s vision to create opportunities for students to explore life beyond school, making them alert to possibilities and excited about the paths they may follow.

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‘A week-long celebration of the freedom to read.’

This week saw the first Banned Books Week at Wellington. Billed as a ‘week-long celebration of the freedom

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to read’, Banned Books Week has been celebrated in the USA since 1982 but this is the first year that the UK has officially joined in. A banned book refers to any book that has been ‘censored, banned or where its removal or restriction has been called for from libraries, schools, bookshops or public circulation. A book might be challenged by individuals, private pressure groups or governments who disagree with its content or message and therefore wish to censor or silence the author’s voice’. From ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ to ‘Harry Potter’, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ to Kurt Vonnegut’s ‘Slaughterhouse Five,’ numerous well-loved and highly regarded books have been censored at a particular time or in a specific place.

Students and staff were encouraged to exercise their freedom to read with a display of banned books in the library. The message from the librarians? We dare you to read one!

Head Librarian, Lucy Atherton commented, ‘Lots of the books that we consider to be classics today were banned at one point in their history. Some of the Third Form visitors to the library this week were incredulous that ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was on the list’.

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On the 6th September the Gold cohort from Wellington’s 2017-18 Duke of Edinburgh’s Award group and a selection of Real Tennis players had the opportunity

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to meet HRH The Earl of Wessex as part of his world tour to celebrate and promote the DofE Award

The Earl of Wessex spent the first part of this visit on the Real Tennis court. His first test was with three students who are playing Real Tennis as part of their DofE Award, as His Royal Highness did when he was a student. Our visitor then partnered Jamie Innes against Junior Real Tennis Champion, Freddie Bristowe, and Tommy Offer, with some high-quality tennis being played. During the afternoon, The Earl of Wessex enjoyed watching a game involving pupils from Hatch Ride Primary School, one of three schools that participate as part of our outreach programme.

In the evening, Gold DofE students presented their expedition reports to The Earl of Wessex. Five groups of students recounted their adventures, with details of activities ranging from walking in Scotland, to canoeing and sailing. Later in the evening OW James Voisin (Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder) entertained the guests with tales from his many DofE exploits.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme was founded by Prince Philip in 1956 and was originally designed for boys aged between 14 and 18.  HRH The Earl of Wessex has increased his involvement in the DofE Award since his father’s retirement in 2017. 62 years on, he will spear-head a very different organisation. The scheme has evolved and modernised over the years, encompassing a variety of skills and disciplines and is now open to both girls and boys aged 14 to 25.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award remains a core part of Wellington’s co-curricular provision and, in keeping with the Wellington spirit, nothing is done by halves: Gold Award candidates head to Knoydart, a peninsular off the West Coast of Scotland, accessible only by a four-day walk and boat trip and dubbed the remotest place in mainland Britain.

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